Thursday, February 18, 2010

Teli Ka Mandir, Gwalior

This is the most impressive of all the temples in the Gwalior fort of Gwaior. This temple dates back to the 9th century, and is constructed by the Pratihar Kings.

front portion
This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Inside the fort this is one of the tallest structure and its height is 100ft. This temple architecture is a combination of the Dravidian (from South India) and the Indo-Aryan (North Indian). The roof is typically Dravidian but the sculptures and embellishing inside are Indo Aryan in nature.

one of the sides

62 comments:

Protege said...

You might think this is a strange thing to say, but the first picture looks almost like it is made of lego pieces. The stone layers are so delicate and thin, it is amazing.
I can not believe it is that large. Imagine the work it must have taken to build this.
Even with today's technology, no one builds stunning structures like these anymore.
Beautiful!
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joshi daniel said...

the sculpting is very attractive!

Tarun Mitra said...

Nice snaps and and second photo is really nice..

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Beautiful without reservation!

V Rakesh said...

A very imposing edifice! Looks magnificent!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Awesome architecture!

joo said...

You're right. It's impressive and beautiful!

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Its not very common you see a mix of styles. Nice to see it here.. :)

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Carletta said...

It is filled with architectural detail and lovely with the sunlight!

Gill - That British Woman said...

stunning architecture and beautiful sky,

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Sylvia K said...

Ah, another gorgeous temple against a perfect sky! I love it! Marvelous capture as always, Rajesh! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Eaglesbrother said...

The buildings are sure a masterpiece of Architecture.

JM said...

Really impressive, Rajesh! And so old...

Pearl Maple said...

Always an interesting visit to your blog space to see what fabulous places you will be sharing with us. The palaces, have such beautiful buildings.

Titania said...

Give me the splendour of India any time. The art work that has gone into this temple is breath taking. Unimaginable to build something like that today; and we like to think we are so sophisticated! Yesterday I saw a film about those special horses, their ears come together at the top like parrots, amazing. I think it was in Rahjistan. It was one of the most beautiful Documentaries.
Your pictures are great, I like how the sun illuminates the upper part of this splendid temple.

Lorac said...

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Shannara said...

Lovely pictures of a great building

Carver said...

The temple is exquisite and I love the way it looks against the blue sky in the second shot.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

No wonder it's lasted so long, it looks extremely solid!

Photo Cache said...

Another fascinating piece/structure.

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Diane AZ said...

Fascinating architecture with marvelous carved details. Must be amazing to visit these old temples.

Stine in Ontario said...

Isn't it amazing that something this magnificent was built more than a millennium ago?

Carolyn Ford said...

I love the sunlight on the second photo, especially. What amazing architecture, so rich in detail. I always like seeing what you will post...your country has so much to offer a photographer!

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow how do they make this so pretty temple by themselves? It really do amazes me. And the reflection of the sun makes it so majestic.

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eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the temple!

LV said...

This is the only way I will ever get to see a temple. Thank you for featuring them today.

Rekhaa Prahalad said...

@LV, even for most of us who live in this great country but are not able to see all that is there :(

SandyCarlson said...

That's a very beautiful temple.

Japa said...

So interesting and beautiful edifice preserved for us to behold and appreciate. Always thankful for showing us India in a closer view.

magiceye said...

brilliant structures!

Vicky said...

Thank you so much for all the information about the temples of country!!! I really appreciated!!!

eden said...

Those are magnificent structures. Great shots.

Lianne said...

the architecture really is amazing! how does it look inside?

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Pam said...

That is a beautiful temple, Rajesh. The skies overhead are lovely.

Spiderdama said...

What a temple! Great architecture and shot!

sandeep said...

wonderful architecture and nice shots

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Very beautiful.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: What a neat blue sky behind the wonderful tower.

Kcalpesh said...

Great Architecture!!

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JOE TODD said...

Looks like a lot of intricate detail

Regina said...

Wow another intricate temple.
A very unique and well preserved culture.

Robin said...

What an amazing facade, and glowing golden in the light, too.

Mridula said...

The light in the second shot is so beautiful!

Jacob said...

That second shot is splendor bathed in golden light!

Anya said...

Amazing architecture :-)
Thanks for sharing !!!

Have a wonderful weekend

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Mama Zen said...

Beautiful!

Indrani said...

Beautiful shots Rajesh.

LadyFi said...

Such a huge impressive temple soaring up to the blue sky1

Martha Z said...

FI'm always impressed by the detail in these buildings.

Reader Wil said...

Impressive and amazing that people could create such beauty! Thanks for sharing!

Ralph said...

The style of this immense building is what we first notice. The exquisite detailing we see gradually, and it is lovely. The shadows are as grand as this is, and are stunning, too

Sweet Repose said...

Simply majestic...it just oozes ancient history, thanks for sharing your world!!!

BLOGitse said...

Beautiful temples...
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Cloudia said...

Such magnificent architecture.


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Greyscale Territory said...

This temple has fascinating, interesting detail! In the second photo, the shadow seems to be crawling up the temple from the earth!

Onkar said...

Lovely pictures.

MyMaracas said...

So beautiful and exotic that it's hard to believe it's real. I'd love to see the inside.

Cassie said...

What amazing architecture! I wonder what shadows would look like inside the temples.Thanks for taking us on this photo tour!

Rajesh said...

Protege: Thanks, the temple does looks very delicate as it appears as layers of stone laid on top of each other. But it lasted for so long test of time.

Joshi, Tarun, Phivos, Rakesh, Kirigalpoththa, Joo, Carletta, Gill, Sylvia, Pearl, JM, Lorac, Eaglesbrother: Thanks for the appreciation.

Bhushavali: Thanks, even I saw the mix of architecture style for the first time here.

Shannara, Carver, Photo, Carolyn, Stine, Kim, eileeninmd, LV, Sandy, Japa, magiceye, Vicky, Eden, Spiderdama: Thanks for the appreciation.

Lianne, MyMaracas, Cassie: Thanks, the temple inside is plane in terms of architecture.

Titania, Sarah: Thanks, it is impossible to build structes like this that last for so long without repair.

Sandeep, Pam, Yogi, Fishing Guy, Kcalpesh, Joe, Regina, Robin, Mridula, Jacob, Anya, Mama, Indrani, LadyFi: Thanks for the appreciation.

Diane: Thanks, I love to visiting these old temples.

Martha Z, Wil, Ralph, Sweet, BLOGitse, Cloudia, Gemma, Onkar: Thanks for the appreciation.

Rekhaa: Thanks, it is very difficult to cover the beauty, artwork of this entire country.

Jeevan said...

Interesting architecture!

Rajesh said...

Jeevan: Thanks for the appreciation.

Nalini Hebbar said...

100 feet...WOW...the second snap is unbelievable!